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RMIReport1Government questions and answers published this week

Motor Vehicles: Fires

House of Commons – Written Answers – Department for Transport

Answered on: Tuesday 8 December 2015

Richard Burden: What information his Department holds on the number of Vauxhall Zafiras which have caught fire in the last six months; and what discussions his Department has had with Vauxhall on the number of other such cars catching fire in a similar way. [18767]

Andrew Jones:

The Driver and Vehicle Standards Agency (DVSA) currently holds 45 reports, since January 2015, of fires on Vauxhall Zafira on its database. It holds 10 reports where owners of Vauxhall Zafiras have raised concerns regarding the issue but have not actually suffered a vehicle fire. DVSA is working with the manufacturer to investigate this serious safety issue and is aware that they hold additional reports of fires on the Zafira model; however, DVSA is not aware of how many. DVSA is not currently aware of any defect trends regarding vehicle fires on any other model of Vauxhall’s or any other make of vehicle.

Electric Vehicles and Roads: Investment

House of Commons – Written Answers – Department for Transport

Answered on: Tuesday 8 December 2015

Daniel Zeichner: What assessment he has made of the value for money of public investment in (a) roads and (b) electric vehicles in comparison with investment in cycling and walking. [18103]

Mr Robert Goodwill:

Roads are fundamental for the nation’s economic success. The roads investment strategy will ensure that success by providing the transport infrastructure to keep the population connected and the economy flowing. The Department for Transport has carried out analysis of the Roads Investment Strategy and this shows it to be very high value for money. The analysis is published at

Investment in the Office for Low Emission Vehicles (OLEV) programme has also been assessed in line with the Department for Transport’s appraisal guidance and is expected to deliver very high value for money.

The Department for Transport has also looked at the value for money of a number of recent cycling and walking interventions and found them to offer high or very high value for money. The analysis is available at

It is worth noting that investment in roads does not just benefit motorists but can also have benefits for cyclists. For example, the Roads Investment Strategy includes a ring-fenced fund of £100mn to 2020/21 to improve provision for cyclists travelling alongside and crossing the strategic road network. Highways England has also committed to cycle-proof all new road investments. We are also providing nearly £6bn funding for local highways road maintenance over the 6-year period to 2020/21, which will help to tackle potholes and improve local roads.

Motor Vehicles: Safety

House of Commons – Written Answers – Department for Transport

Answered on: Tuesday 8 December 2015

Jim Shannon: What recent discussions he has had on the steps necessary to ensure driverless cars are safe before they are permitted on the road. [18217]

Andrew Jones:

Officials in the Department for Transport, the Department for Business, Innovation & Skills and the Centre for Connected and Autonomous Vehicles are engaging on this issue at a national and international level. In July 2015 the Department for Transport published a Code of Practice for driverless cars to help make the UK the best place for testing without placing additional regulatory burden on industry and ensuring safety and security.

Posted by Sue Robinson on 11/12/2015